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Dana White's Contender Series Season 7 Week 5 Betting Preview: Chad Hanekom vs. Dylan Budka

September 5, 2023

Week 5 of Dana White's Contender Series offers a promising and enticing middleweight showdown between Chad Hanekom and Dylan Budka. This bout should be an intriguing wagering prospect, allowing you to assess the prowess of these aspiring UFC fighters vying for a contract.

  • Location: UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2023

  • Main Card: 8:00 PM ET

  • Watch on: ESPN+

Chad Hanekom Betting Preview

Hanekom is working on extending his three-fight winning streak. Looking at his last battle, it was a first-round knockout against In Jae La back in November of last year at Brave CF 66.

Among his remarkable record of nine victories, he proudly showcases an exceptional count of three knockouts, four submissions, and two wins by decision. Impressively, he clinched five of these triumphs in the opening round, while experiencing one loss by knockout and one by decision.

“Superman” has established solid wins on his resume among various fighting leagues. These include a 5-2 record with Brave Combat Federation and 3-0 in the Extreme Fighting Championship Worldwide.

He is also currently ranked as the seventh best fighter coming out of the Middle East, as well as the sixth-best light heavyweight. This will be another good test, as this is likely his toughest battle to date.

Dylan Budka Betting Preview

Budka was able to bounce back after his second career defeat, which was a split decision to Azamat Bekoev at the Legacy Fighting Alliance 160 in June earlier this year. His recent success was a first-round rear naked choke submission against Dan Stevenson back in August last month.

Among his half-dozen triumphs, he clinched a single victory via a knockout, hauled in a pair through submissions, and seized three via judges' decisions. In the swift opening rounds, he has tallied two of his victories, while tasting defeat once by way of submission and once through a decision.

After a brief respite, "The Mindless Hulk" received the call to return to the octagon for the Contender Series with just a little over a week of recovery time. Some argue that this is not enough time to prepare, but others agree that he is still in good shape.

Budka presently holds the 18th spot among professional heavyweight fighters in the United States and the 60th position among middleweights. This presents a golden opportunity to showcase his versatility.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

In the latest betting lines provided by MyBookie, Dylan Budka holds a slight edge in the odds for victory in this upcoming match. It is worth noting that Budka stepped in as a last-minute replacement for Cam Rowston, but he remains a strong contender for the win.

  • Chad Hanekom: +110

  • Dylan Budka: -140

Hanekom has a weaker resume in terms of the strength of his opponents. Look for Budka to land a second straight win.

Final Pick: Take Dylan Budka to Win at -140